New UGA Entomologist Studies Food Safety, Farming Systems

Karla Arboleda Food Safety, Georgia, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda At the University of Georgia (UGA), research on birds and bacteria may contribute to food safety and farming systems. That’s what Bill Snyder, a professor of agro-ecology at UGA, hopes to accomplish in his latest position. After spending 20 years in the Northwest, where he worked on natural approaches to pest control, Snyder will continue to pursue …

USDA Funds $77.8 Million for Sustainable Agriculture Research, Includes NCSU

Karla Arboleda North Carolina, Research, Technology, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture invested $77.8 million toward efforts to support sustainable agriculture research. North Carolina State University (NCSU) is one of eight universities funded for research. Chris Reberg-Horton, professor of cropping systems at NCSU, and Steven Mirsky, agro-ecologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, are codirecting a team …

USDA Grants $3.2 Million Toward Whitefly Research

Karla Arboleda Georgia, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Karla Arboleda After years of growers experiencing problems with whiteflies in vegetable crops, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will fund $3.2 million toward whitefly research. The grant will fund research at the University of Georgia (UGA), Fort Valley State University and the USDA Agricultural Research Service in South Carolina. Bhabesh Dutta, a vegetable Extension pathologist at UGA-Tifton, shared …

UF Research Shows Best Fungicides for Downy Mildew

Karla Arboleda Cucurbits, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda Since downy mildew can cause major destruction, a proper use of fungicides is essential to a healthy crop. Gary Vallad, an associate professor at the University of Florida (UF), described the magnitude of downy mildew disease on specialty crops at the recent Vegetable and Specialty Crop Expo. “It (downy mildew) just kind of jumps from crop to …

BASF Introduces New Ag Strategy

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts

After going through a period of transition, BASF Agricultural Solutions announced some changes. Vincent Gros, president of the Agricultural Solutions division of BASF, was happy to tell the world about the new BASF at a recent global media event in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. According to Gros, since BASF became involved in agriculture 105 years ago, it has come …

Inside the University of Florida Blueberry Breeding Program

Abbey Taylor Berries, Florida, Research, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Patricio Munoz and Doug Phillips The University of Florida (UF) blueberry breeding program has a long history of pioneering the development of southern highbush blueberries (SHB) that can thrive in Florida’s hot, humid climate. The breeding program focuses on developing varieties with high yield, good fruit quality and early ripening within a shrinking market window. The success of Florida’s …

Steaming for Weed Management

Abbey Taylor Pests, Research, Top Posts

By Ramdas Kanissery and Yiannis Ampatzidis Weeds are a significant problem in horticultural production and must be controlled to maintain good crop yield. Concerns related to non-judicious use of herbicides, which include ground and surface water contamination and pesticide residues in food, has sparked public awareness and restrictions on herbicide use. For these reasons, alternative and integrated systems for weed …

Specialty Eggplants Yield Higher Value

Abbey Taylor Produce, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda Clemson University researchers are studying the productivity of different specialty eggplants to determine their value over common eggplants. Anthony (Tony) Keinath, an Extension vegetable pathologist at Clemson University, is conducting fall trials on several eggplant cultivars. Their size and appearance determine their potential market success. “We are doing this with a minimal amount of pesticide inputs. The …